Festival season marches on into November! Keep yourself busy this month with these Philadelphia arts and culture picks.
215 Festival: This long-running literary arts festival was revived a few years ago and is running strong. The weekend-long festival is full of Philly’s trending authors like Asali Solomon, Ken Kalfus, and Sarah Blake (who wrote a collection of Kanye-inspired poetry). Choose between many readings, parties, and a fictional walking tour. Definitely don’t miss Bibliodiscotheque—a dance party DJed by librarians.
Nov 5-8, multiple venues.
First Person Arts Festival: Philly’s only festival focused on memoir and documentary arts returns again for its 14th year. Watch locals compete to become Philly’s best story teller at the Grand Slam or learn how to master the art of story telling yourself in one of many workshops. Also, hear the true story behind the making of the popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale.
Nov. 4-15, multiple venues.
Age & Beauty: Parts 1 & 2: Miguel Gutierrez is bringing the first two pieces of a suite of dance pieces that address many contemporary issues to dancers, among them: the physical and emotional labor of performance, the interaction of art making with administration, and tropes about the aging gay choreographer.
Part 1: Nov. 10-11; Part 2: Nov. 13-14, all at 8 p.m., FringeArts.
The Dance Apocalypse/Solos: Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler are The Dance Apocalypse. In this version of the work, Revlock and Bindler pull apart the two separate inspirations for this project—fundraising and movement classes—and they perform solos based on these inspirations. The duo will also be offering workshops in conjunction with these performances.
11/13-15, 8 pm, Vox Populi.